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‘A nice piece of history’

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The descendants of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an African-American journalist, suffragist, newspaper editor, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, and early leader of the civil rights movement, traveled from Holly Springs, Miss., to Memphis last Saturday (July 12) morning to commemorate her 152nd birthday. 
“We’re here to celebrate Ida B. Wells’ birthday (the 18th annual) on the date closest to her birthday,” said the Rev. Leona Harris, executive director of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, a cultural center for African-American history in Holly Springs. 
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Brown launches zinger at Weirich ahead of early voting kickoff

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Barely 48 hours before the start of early voting on Friday (July 18th), the already contentious Shelby County District Attorney’s race between incumbent Amy Weirich and challenger Judge Joe Brown became even more intense.
The two-pronged accelerant came in the form of Brown’s campaign criticizing local media for being biased on Weirich’s behalf and the campaign bringing forward a list of eight court cases collectively deemed proof that Weirich is not worthy of the position.
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Shelby County residents asked to ‘Answer the Call’ with countywide phone survey

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Shelby County residents are being asked to “Answer the Call” by participating in a confidential phone survey, which will gather information to help develop tools to assist parents in protecting their children's emotional and behavioral health. 
Calls will go out to randomly selected participants in Shelby County over the next six to eight weeks. 
The surveys were organized by the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) Center Task Force of Shelby County, which is made up of more than 40 community leaders, including Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.. 


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Farewell to the rhythm man – Mabon ‘Teeni’ Hodges

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Scores of music industry friends and fans came out on Saturday (July 6th) to a memorial celebration at the Gibson Guitar Factory to honor one of the most gifted musicians of the classic Memphis soul era, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges.
Hodges, who died in June, was one of 11 kids born to Rosie and Leroy Hodges Sr., a musician who gifted his kids with his talent and drive. Just as Motown’s core house band became known as The Funk Brothers, several of the Hodges brothers earned their own moniker as the house band for the Hi Records label. 
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Brooks standing tall in Juvenile Court Clerk quest

“It’s time to quit playing games and focus on the issues, fixing what’s wrong with Juvenile Court,” said Michael Todd, an organizer of a group called Men For Henri Brooks.
Brooks wants to be Juvenile Court Clerk. Now that the Shelby County Commission has voted to accept a recent Chancery Court ruling that the commission’s move to oust her was based on flimsy evidence alluding to her not living in the district, supporters such as Todd are shifting into full-speed-ahead gear.
With early voting set to begin July 18th at the Election Commission office Downtown and July 21st at the satellite sites, Todd has swiftly corralled more than 50 community members so far.
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At home on ‘the edge’

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There wasn’t much that Glynn Johns Reed didn’t do when it came to promoting cultural awareness and providing a template for business owners and entrepreneurs to showcase their products. Her efforts led to the birth of the Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival, the It’s All About Raleigh newsletter, and the Black Pages New Orleans business magazine. 
Reed was known for motivating people and empowering them as well. She understood the importance of celebrating her ethnicity and the African-American culture, often introducing herself in the “movement” community as Ayola, her “freedom name.” 
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Showtime at the Hattiloo begins with ‘Once On This Island’

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‘Once On This Island’ is billed as a “highly original and theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ and it’s booked as the grand opening performance for the Hattiloo Theatre at Overton Square.
With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and composed by Stephen Flaherty, “Once On This Island” begins July 18th and runs through Aug. 3rd. 
“We really want to open our doors wide to all of Memphis and Shelby County,” said Ekundayo Bandele, Hattiloo’s founder and artistic director.